Dukkah Seasoning Recipes & Uses (2024)

You know that moment when you try something for the first time and you have a "where-have-you-been-all-my-life" experience? Discovering dukkah (sometimes spelled duqqa, du’ah, or do’a) was one of those culinary moments for me. Since that dukkah eureka moment, I’ve made a point of keeping a container around all the time, in case I need a quick, healthy boost of energy or a punch of amazing sprinkle-on flavor to finish a dish.

Dukkah, pronounced “doo-kah,” is an Egyptian “textural seasoning”—or maybe we could call it a “crumble condiment”—made from delicious nuts, herbs, and spices. Traditionally, it is served with hummus or as a dip with olive oil and fresh bread or vegetables. It is also fantastic used as a dredge, or as a sprinkle on salads, pastas, cheeses, roasted vegetables, and more. This nutty, herby blend is so easy, you can enjoy it in its purest savory form or sweeten it to make a dessert.

Typically, dukkah has a base of nuts (traditionally hazelnuts), sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and salt. But there are dozens of good recipes out there, so Ive included some popular ways to switch up your blend after the basic recipe below.

Basic Dukkah Blend Recipe

Makes about 1 cup.


  • 1/2 cup organic nuts of choice
  • 3 Tbsp. organic sesame seeds
  • 6 Tbsp. other organic seeds of choice (cumin, coriander, fennel, sunflower, etc.)
  • 1 tsp. organic herbs and spices of choice (paprika, mint, cayenne, cinnamon, pepper, etc.)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. kosher or fine sea salt
  • Up to 3 Tbsp. optional additions and/or sweeteners (maple syrup, fruit zest, coconut, cereals, etc.)

Hazelnut Hemp Dukkah Recipe

Makes about 2 cups.

This one is a favorite at Mountain Rose Herbs! It’s a nut-heavy mix that not only brings the healthful properties of hemp seeds into play, but also adds a pop of flavor with caraway and mint.


  • 1 cup organic hazelnuts (I peel and roast them, but you don’t have to)
  • 1/3 cup organic coriander seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. organic hemp seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. organic sesame seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. organic cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. organic fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. organic caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp. organic peppermint leaf
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground black pepper


  1. In a small, dry skillet over low heat, toast nuts, stirring often, until fragrant and lightly browned (about 3 to 5 minutes).
  2. Pour into the bowl of a food processor and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, toast seeds by size for 2 to 3 minutes, just until fragrant (careful, seeds burn easily!).
  4. Pour seeds into the food processor bowl with nuts.
  5. Pulse nut/seed mixture a few times in the food processor, making sure not to overdo it—you want a nicely chopped, nutty mix, not a nut butter.
  6. Pour into a bowl.
  7. Add remaining ingredients and stir together until well blended.
  8. Store in an airtight container. Depending on the additions you make, dukkah will keep at room temperature for a couple weeks, and longer in the refrigerator.

Pro Tip

  • When I have the time for a completely mindful experience, I make dukkah in a mortar with a pestle. If you go this route, crush each ingredient separately and mix together at the end.

Dukkah Spice Variations

  • Trade out hazelnuts for almonds, pistachios, cashews, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, or a mix. Or use no nuts at all! We have friends who have nut allergies, so we make them a more seedy, nut-free version thats heavy on sunflower kernels.
  • Explore seeds! Hemp, cardamom, caraway, chia, fennel, fenugreek, Grains of Paradise, pepitas, poppy, sunflower, and black seed are all excellent options.
  • Play with the spice combination to suit your palate or meal—thyme, marjoram, peppercorns, rosehips, cinnamon, lavender, and mint can be wonderful additions. In the winter, I love to add extra fennel seeds and paprika to add warmth to the belly.
  • You can sweeten dukkah with maple syrup, honey, or organic brown sugar. Dukkah with maple syrup or honey poured over pancakes is extraordinarily good. Or, for a dinner side dish, I sometimes sweeten a batch of dukkah with just a little maple syrup, then sauté red cabbage and toss it with a vinaigrette and sprinkle the mapley dukkah on top (insert drooling, happy emoji here).
  • You can also kick dukkah up a level by stirring in optional additions after the nut and seed mix is made. For instance, adding shredded organic coconut to dukkah makes a pretty wonderful ice cream topping! I also love citrus zest, minced dried fruit, puffed millet, and cacao nibs (when Im looking for a little caffeine).

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Dukkah Seasoning Recipes & Uses (2024)


What is the use of dukkah powder? ›

Here are some quick serving ideas:
  • As a topping on salads to give it a crunchier texture,
  • On top of a guacamole (this one was made with purple onion, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and dukkah on top),
  • Yogurt dip with Dukkah.
  • Sprinkled over poached eggs.
  • Sprinkled over an avocado toast.
Apr 20, 2020

Where is dukkah used? ›

In the Middle East, dukkah is commonly used as a condiment; bread (like the flatbread khubz) is dunked in a small bowl of olive oil, then dipped into a small bowl of dukkah.

What's the difference between zaatar and dukkah? ›

Dukkah and za'atar both come from the Middle Eastern region and have slight similarities. While some of the ingredients of the two spice mixes are the same, za'atar is made with more ground herbs, such as thyme and oregano, while dukkah is primarily seeds and nuts.

What does dukkah spice taste like? ›

Dukkah has a warm, toasty, nutty flavor that's brightened by fresh, citrusy coriander and cumin. It's a little salty and somewhat spicy, due to the black pepper. The flavor of dukkah can vary depending on the types of nuts and spices in your blend, but dukkah should always have a crunchy, crumbly texture.

Where is dukkah in the supermarket? ›

Dukkah is an Egyptian mix of roasted nuts, seeds and spices blended together – available in the herb and spice aisle of the supermarket.

What is the meaning of Dukkah? ›

Duḥkha (/ˈduːkə/)(Sanskrit; Pali: dukkha), 'unease', "standing unstable," commonly translated as "suffering", "pain", or "unhappiness", is an important concept in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.

What do people use Zaatar for? ›

Za'atar can be sprinkled on poached or fried eggs, or on shakshuka, enhancing the overall breakfast experience. Another great (and simple) use is to season chicken with za'atar, roast or grill it and serve it over rice. And oven-roasted potatoes pair well with a generous sprinkling of za'atar and olive oil.

What is native Dukkah? ›

Native Nut DUKKAH 70gm resealable pouch

Traditionally dukkah is an Egyptian dry mix of roasted nuts, seeds and spices which we have "Australianified" with nuts and spices endemic to our island nation. Serve with fresh crusty bread and either Olive or Macadamia Oil. Listed weight is the shipping weight.

What are the allergens in Dukkah? ›

Allergens: Sesame seeds and tree nuts. May contain traces of peanuts, wheat and cereals containing gluten.

What is red dukkah? ›

Spicy red snack blend with roasted almonds and Spanish paprika. Our red Dukkah is a blend of our popular paprika products – the sweet Murcia and the strong, smoked La Vera, along with a little coriander and cumin. Dukkah perfectly combines Mill & Mortar's two core products, spices and almonds.

What is Palestinian Dukkah? ›

a Palestinian aromatic seed and spice mix that can be sprinkled over leafy salads, roasted vegetables, legume pastes such as hummus, and over simply cooked rice or lentils.

What is the herb sumac? ›

Made from the dried and ground berries of the wild sumac flower, sumac is a tangy spice with a sour, acidic flavor reminiscent of lemon juice. This fragrant spice is used to brighten up dry rubs, spice blends like za'atar, and dressings.

Is Zaatar the same as sumac? ›

Even though it varies greatly depending on where you are in the Middle East (specific recipes are sometimes closely-guarded secrets!), za'atar is generally a combination of dried oregano, thyme, and/or marjoram (woodsy and floral), with sumac (tangy and acidic) and toasted sesame seeds (nutty and rich).

What do you put Zaatar Spice on? ›

How to use Zaatar Spice? Keep this seasoning blend handy and you will think of it as a finishing flavor for all kinds of dishes, like fried eggs, salad dressings, roasted and fresh vegetables and chicken, dips such as hummus and baba ganoush, bread, potatoes, atop avocado toast and kale chips.

How do you eat Zaatar powder? ›

Za'atar can be sprinkled on poached or fried eggs, or on shakshuka, enhancing the overall breakfast experience. Another great (and simple) use is to season chicken with za'atar, roast or grill it and serve it over rice. And oven-roasted potatoes pair well with a generous sprinkling of za'atar and olive oil.

Where can I use Za Atar seasoning? ›

24 ways to use Za'atar
  3. POPCORN. Upgrade plain popcorn with a dash (or 5) of Za'atar. It's so good, you'll start sneaking a jar into the movies with you.
  4. SALADS.
  5. EGGS.
  6. BAGELS.
Feb 27, 2023

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